Dienerstrasse 75 8004 Zurich Canadian citizen Swiss resident (b permit)

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Heather Kirk

Dienerstrasse 75

8004 Zurich

Canadian citizen

Swiss resident (B Permit)

Tel. +41 (0) 78 684 10 51

Age 33

Profile: experienced researcher who has a creative approach to problem solving and an excellent work ethic. Has a record of high productivity including an extensive publication record, a history of successful collaborations, and excellent references.
E-Mail: heather.kirk@systbot.uzh.ch

Available: 2 month notice period


06/2012 – present

University of Zurich

Zurich, CH

Post-Doctoral Researcher

  • Managing a project that investigates the epigenetic and genetic mechanisms of phytochemical expression in Brassica rapa

  • Responsible for project design, student training and supervision, funding acquisition, project leadership, and dissemination of scientific results

  • Teaching an annual undergraduate block course in plant-insect interactions

07/2011 – 06/2012

ETH Zurich

Zurich, CH

Post-Doctoral Researcher

  • Developed and carried out projects to investigate population genetics and genomics of invasive pests

  • Responsible for project management, troubleshooting, dissemination of results, and student training

01/2010 – 05/2011

Trent University

Peterborough, CA

Post-Doctoral Researcher and Course Instructor, Department of Biology

  • Managed projects on population genetics and metabolomics of invasive plants

  • Developed course material and delivered curriculum for undergraduate courses with enrollments of up to 200 students, including Plants in Society and Cell Biology

  • Developed and taught second year online undergraduate course Introduction to Genetics


Sir Sandford Fleming College

Lindsay, CA

Course Instructor, School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

  • Responsible for teaching “Environmental Leadership” to first year college students.

2007 – 2009

Serge Coninx Equine Mobile

Peterborough, CA

Office Manager

  • Managed inventory and ordering of pharmaceuticals, maintained daily and monthly financial accounts, liaised with clients and suppliers, and assisted with veterinary procedures.


    CABI Biosciences

    Delémont, CH


  • Collected and analyzed data for projects regarding biological control of invasive weeds



Leiden University

Leiden, NL

  • Phd. Plant Biology

  • Graduated Nov. 12, 2009

2002 - 2004

Leiden University

Leiden, NL

  • MSc. Plant Biology

  • Graduated cum laude


    University of Toronto

    Toronto, ON

  • BSc. Biology

  • Graduated with high distinction

technical skills

IT Skills

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, R programming language, QuickBooks

Chemical Analyses

GC-MS, HPLC, wet lab skills

Molecular Genetics

DNA extractions and cleanup, PCR, fragment analyses (AFLPs and microsatellites), sequencing



Native language


Working professional proficiency


B1 level


B1 level

Publication list

Schiestl FP, Kirk H, Bigler L, Cozzolino S, Desurmont GA. 2014. Herbivory and floral signaling: phenotypic plasticity and trade-offs between reproduction and indirect defense. New Phytologist 203:257-66.

Freeland JR, Ciotir C, Kirk H. 2013. Regional differences in the abundance of native, introduced, and hybrid Typha spp. in northeastern North America influence wetland invasions. Biological Invasions. In Press.
Ciotir C*, Kirk H*, Row J, Freeland JR. 2013. Intercontinental dispersal of Typha angustifolia and T. latifolia between Europe and North America has implications for Typha invasions. Biological Invasions 15:1377-1390. *joint first authors
Kirk H, Dorn S, Mazzi D. 2013. Molecular genetics and genomics generate new insights into invertebrate pest invasions. Evolutionary Applications 6:842-856.
Kirk H, Dorn S, Mazzi D. 2013. Worldwide population genetic structure of the oriental fruit moth (Grapholita molesta), a globally invasive pest. BMC Ecology 13:12.
McKenzie-Gopsill A, Kirk H, Van Drunen W, Freeland JR, Dorken ME. 2012. No Evidence for Niche Segregation in a North American Cattail (Typha) Species Complex. Ecology and Evolution 2: 952-961.
Kirk H, Vrieling K, Pelser PB, Schaffner U. 2012. Resistance to specialist herbivores: plant chemistry, resource use strategy, or phylogeny? Oecologia 168: 1043-1055.
Kirk H, Cheng D, Choi YH, Vrieling K, Klinkhamer PGL. 2012. Transgressive segregation of primary and secondary metabolites in F2 hybrids between Jacobaea aquatica and J. vulgaris. Metabolomics. 8: 211-219.
Cheng D, Kirk H, Vrieling K, Mulder PPJ, Klinkhamer PGL. 2011. The relationship between structurally different pyrrolizidine alkaloids and western flower thrips resistance in F2 hybrids of Jacobaea vulgaris and Jacobaea aquatica. Journal of Chemical Ecology 37: 1071-1080.
Kirk H, Connelly C, Freeland JR. 2011. Molecular genetic data reveal hybridization between Typha angustifolia and T. latifolia across a broad spatial scale in eastern North America. Aquatic Botany 95: 189-193.
Kirk H, Freeland JR. 2011. Applications and implications of neutral versus non-neutral markers. International Journal of Molecular Science 12: 3966-3988.
Kirk H*, Paul J*, Straka J, Freeland JR. 2011. Long distance dispersal and high genetic diversity are implicated in the invasive spread of the common reed in North America. American Journal of Botany 98:1180-1190. *joint first authors
Cheng D, Kirk H, Vrieling K, Mulder PPJ, Klinkhamer PGL. 2011. Variation in pyrrolizidine alkaloid expression in below and above-ground parts of segregating hybrids between Jacobaea vulgaris and J. aquatica. New Phytologist 192: 1010-1023.
Paul, J, Kirk H, Freeland JR. 2011. Genetic diversity and differentiation of fragmented reedbeds (Phragmites australis) in the United Kingdom. Hydrobiologia 665: 107-115.
Freeland JR, Kirk H, Peterson S. 2011. Molecular Ecology 2nd ed. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Kirk H, Vrieling K, van der Meijden E, Klinkhamer PGL. 2010. Species by environment interactions affect pyrrolizidine alkaloid expression in Senecio jacobaea, Senecio aquaticus, and their hybrids. Journal of Chemical Ecology 36: 378.
Kirk H, Vrieling K, Klinkhamer PGL. 2005. Heterosis and maternal effects influence the fitness of plant hybrids. New Phytologist 166: 685-694.
Kirk H, Choi YH, Kim HK, Verpoorte R, van der Meijden E. 2005. Comparing metabolomes: the chemical consequences of hybridization in plants. New Phytologist 167: 613-622.
Kirk H, Vrieling K, Klinkhamer P. 2005. Reproductive fitness of hybrids between Senecio jacobaea and S. aquaticus. American Journal of Botany 92: 1467-1473.
Kirk H, Macel M., Klinkhamer PGL, Vrieling K. 2004. Natural Hybridization between Senecio jacobaea and Senecio aquaticus: Molecular and Chemical Evidence. Molecular Ecology 13: 2267-2274.

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